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Case No. 18-0703

In re the Marriage of Cornish

Richard Albert Cornish III, Petitioner-Appellee

Shpresa Thaqi-Cornish, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

William N. Toomey

Attorney for Appellee

Alan R. Bohanan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Kevin McKeever, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Doyle, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (6 pages)

            Shpresa Thaqi-Cornish appeals the child-custody provisions of the decree dissolving her marriage to Richard Cornish and the district court’s award of trial attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: Although the parties have difficulties with their cooperation and communication, they are able to work together for the child’s benefit.  Because the evidence shows the child is doing well under a joint-physical-care arrangement and granting one parent physical care would be contrary to the child’s best interests, we affirm the joint-physical-care arrangement.  We find the district court did not abuse its discretion in awarding Shpresa only $1000 of her trial attorney fees, and we decline to award either party appellate attorney fees.

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